Cocktail Recipe: Ginger Not Maryann

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Ginger Not Maryann Cocktail Recipe

Ginger Not Maryann Cocktail

So maybe she was a little high maintenance. And not exactly a rocket scientist. And slightly manipulative. But Ginger was always ready for her red carpet moment — unlike someone who was just a little too old to be wearing pigtails and short shorts (even if it was a desert island). Relive those breathless moments of redheaded Tina Louise-dom with a fiery-sweet cocktail that’ll leave you as blinky-eyed as Miss Ginger.

Ginger not Mary Ann Cocktail

adapted from Ryan Horen, Bar Manager, Jackson’s Bar and Oven

1.5 oz Charbay Meyer Lemon Vodka

.5 oz Canton Ginger Liquor

.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

.5 oz Galangal Lemongrass Syrup (recipe follows)

Ginger Ale

Combine vodka, ginger liquor, lemon juice and galangal lemongrass syrup. Pour over ice into a tall glass and add ginger ale to taste.

Galangal Lemongrass Syrup


1 stalk lemongrass

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Galangal root is a relative to ginger, but has a woodsier, less intense quality than its spicy cousin. You can find galangal at some higher end grocers or Asian supermarkets. Lemongrass is a fragrant, citrus-scented grass native to India and used frequently in Asian cooking. To make the syrup, peel a thumb-sized piece of galangal and roughly chop the lemongrass into small pieces. Add both to a food processor to shred.

In a small saucepan, add one cup sugar to one cup water. Add the shredded galangal and lemongrass to the mixture. Slow cook for 5-10 minutes until sugar has dissolved completely and let sit over night or until completely cool. Strain well. Refrigerate.

Author: biteclub

Food Dining and Restaurants in Sonoma County and beyond, is Wine Country dining with Drive-Thru Sensibility.

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  1. Yeah for Ryan (Bar Manager @ Jackson’s)! I suggested this drink (very similar) to my more local fave bar, and they looked at me like I was crazy. I am soooo coming in for this delectable cocktail, very soon!

  2. Oh Heather YOU ROCK! Thanks for getting this recipe! My 4th of July guests will thank you too.

  3. With all due respect to Ginger Grant, and all other gingers, everybody knows Mary Ann would be mondo more fun to taste Bite Club Eats with. No offense intended to Mrs. Thirstin’ Howl III, mind you.

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